Benjamin F. Bunn
Reverend Benjamin F. Bunn (1906-1989) was a Baptist minister and the founder of the Charlottesville chapter of the NAACP.
Accomplishments and Impact in Charlottesville
Bunn was the pastor of First Baptist Church for thirty-six years, the longest-serving pastor in the church’s history. He founded the Charlottesville NAACP in 1945 with his wife, Imogene. Additionally, Bunn organized the Charlottesville Inter-Racial Commission, which worked with progressive white people in the area to fight for equality for African Americans and have discussions about race. The Bunns were advocates for total desegregation, and frequently single-handedly desegregated UVA Hospital and the public libraries. Bunn was a strong advocate for the Black community in political and in social life. In November 1953, he led a campaign to get the city to hire African American police-women to help children walk to school safely. The Bunns were also politically active, campaigning for and endorsing candidates in a community that broadly wanted to exclude Black people from politics. In 1991, Reverend Bunn was posthumously awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award.
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- Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, November 16, 1953.
- Branigan, Michelle Marie (December 1998). A Biography of Frances Brand, an American Painter and Social Activist (PhD). Indiana University.